The Day We Became A Family

This is something I haven’t really talked much about on the blog because I didn’t know if it was “appropriate”. I was afraid someone would be mad that I was sharing this part of our life. However, this summer one of the biggest moments of our life took place and with it being National Adoption Month, I wanted to share our story. Although our adoption story isn’t like the “traditional” stories, it’s OURS and I wanted to share it. 


I wrote a post awhile back called The Dad He Didn’t Have To Be. All of that post is still true to this day, except one major thing has changed since writing that post. M officially became a dad, on paper, as of July 16th, 2015. Baby girl was adopted and it was one of the best days of my entire life. We have always been a family. Since day one, we’ve been a family. Something about having it “official on paper” was life changing. All three of us now share the same last name. How exciting is that?!

It’s a big step to decide to adopt someones child. You are stepping up and taking on all responsibility for that child, NO MATTER WHAT. M told me that he never second guessed his decision. I know God brought him into our life to not only be my husband, but to be the fully devoted and present father baby girl deserves. 

I missed out on a lot of things having a baby at 19. One of those things were newborn pictures. Everyone these days has the cutest pictures of their new baby cub in adorable poses and cheesy outfits. With big changes happening in our family, such as baby girl getting officially adopted, we wanted to do something special to commemorate the occasion. So, we staged a newborn photo shoot. With a five year old. HAHA! I may not have gotten these pictures when she was little, but we have them now that we’re a family of three. Yes, this is meant to be silly. But we also got some amazing family shots out of it and we love them SO much! 

We have loved this process, we have loved the changes, and we loved doing this shoot. 

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Your Summer Date Ideas Are Horrible

(Disclaimer: this post is all in good fun)

I’ve seen this post going viral lately. 25 Things Every Couple Should Do This Summer. Cute, right?! 
Well, let’s take a look at this list and talk about what each of these things ACTUALLY mean…

1. Go skinny-dipping
Okay, this one isn’t too bad. Get naked together and do yo thang if that’s what you’re into.

2. Race each other. 
How is this fun? Or cute? I just imagine being like “hey! lets race, ready, go!” and M just staring at me. 

3. Make out at the top of the ferris wheel. 
Because there are so many ferris wheels just hanging out all over the place. Go find one. And make out. How about you just make out where ever the hell you want to make out?

4. Buy a guide and go stargazing. 
Why do you need a guide for this? Go lay in your backyard and look up. 
No one ACTUALLY finds/understands constellations. 

5. Watch the sunset from the hood of your car.
Have you ever tried to legitimately sit/lay on the hood of a car for a long period of time? Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like i’m going to make it cave in at any given moment in time. Add my man up there too and our next date is going to be to the auto body shop to get it fixed. 

6. Campout in your backyard.
I like this one. Do this. Unless you live in an apartment. It might not work so well. 

7. Have a candlelit outdoor dinner.
Two things come to mind with this one. 1) Flies annoy me. And eating outside with flies doesn’t sound appealing to me. and 2) Good luck lighting and candle long enough for an entire meal without the wind blowing it out. 

8. Kiss as fireworks explode in the background.
And make sure you post it on Instagram July 4th or 5th like every other human being that day. #merica

9. Get cozy at a drive-in movie. 
I haven’t seen a drive-in movie in AGES. Please don’t make this a priority on your summer bucket list. 

10. Write your initials in the sand. 
This is just silly. And cliche. And I’m not driving 10+ hours to get to a beach to do this & you shouldn’t either. 

11. Get a couples massage, on the beach. 
Again, unless you live by the beach this is just silly. Go get on in your hometown where you can then go home and take a nap in your own bed. 

12. Rent a convertible. 
Renting a car for a day just to drive around town seems like a ridiculous waste of money. I ain’t about that life. 

13. Eat a ridiculously expensive dinner (and a bunch of other stuff). 
I can’t even say anything bad about this. I love eating out. Cheap dinners, expensive dinners, I love them all and I do not discriminate. 

14. Dance outside in a summer rain shower. 
By the time you’re done taking pictures for instagram and posting about the weather on Facebook, the rain will have probably stopped and you won’t have time to dance in it. 

15. Leave a sweet sticky note on the bathroom mirror.
Girls love this stuff. Guys won’t notice it for three weeks. 

16. People watch in a park and make up stories for each couple you see. 
I do this on a daily basis so adding it to my summer bucket list seems counterproductive. 

17. Have a picnic.
Again, can’t say anything bad about this one. I love me a good picnic. (And by ‘picnic’ I mean I love going to subway and eating it in the park)

18. Take a bike ride.
How many of you grown adults actually own bikes? No really, i’d like to know…

19. Make a bet over a round of mini golf. 
….okay

20. Be like kids and go fly a kite.
When was the last time you tried to fly a kite? IT’S HARD! I mean truly, it hardly EVER works. Don’t waste your time. 

21. Volunteer at an animal shelter. 
Don’t do this. Your girlfriend will want to leave with 3 dogs and every cat there. 

22. Compete for who can take the most ridiculous selfie.
Why is this even on a bucket list of any kind? Don’t do this. 

23. Play in the sprinklers. 
Another one that isn’t so terrible. 

24. Share an ice cream cone. 
Screw you, I will not share any of kind of ice cream with you. You may get your own. 

25. Kiss in the ocean. 
Again, the whole “traveling to find an ocean” thing is really putting a damper on this list. And trying to battle waves? And seaweed? And ocean monsters? Doesn’t sound terribly romantic to me. 

All jokes aside, I hope you all have the greatest summer, whatever you decide to do! What IS one thing on your summer bucket list?! I would love to hear about it! (And I promise not to make fun of it!) I hope this made someone giggle a little bit, and remember this was all in good fun. 😉 

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Start A ‘Go Fund Me’ Campaign If…

I’ve seen 5,492,593,049 Go Fund Me Campaigns floating around. 
Not to worry though, YOU TOO can have a campaign! Here are a few ideas for you…

Start a campaign if…

-You can’t decide what to have for dinner.
Yes, if you start a campaign because you don’t know what to have for dinner, people will send you money and then you can buy a grocery store therefore resulting in the fact that you can purchase any and all food. Then you’ll never have to decide on one meal again. 

-You stub your toe on the couch.
Emotional damage is a real thing. Better start saving up for the psychological help you may need in the future because of this life-altering event.

-You missed the season finale/series premier of your favorite show.
If enough people donate, you can afford 10 TV’s, along with cable from every tv provider, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and you can make sure you never miss another episode again. 

-You want to take a tropical vacation.
Hey, no one else wants to take a vacation in the world. So YOU start a campaign and we’ll all send you our money so you can enjoy that for us. 

-You want to help others.
Your cousins, co-worker has decided to go gluten free and you want to support their new lifestyle change. 
Start a campaign! 

-You want to get cosmetic surgery for your dog.
Does your dog have crooked ears?! Let’s talk about cosmetic surgeries that can be done. Can’t afford it? No problem. People will help you. 

If you’ve had trouble coming up with ideas for campaigns, I have you covered. However if you use one of my brilliant ideas, I do ask for small donation to my “Momma Needs New Kicks” Campaign! 

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